Event Number 306 – Scorchio!

Event # 306 14th July 2018
Written by: Deb King
Published by: Helen Dixon
Photos: Sadly nobody volunteered for this role this week! If you fancy it another week email woodleyoffice@parkrun.com

Another Saturday morning dawned in Woodford Park, and as the early morning Facebook post from Run Director Sarah said, it was scorchio out there! My outside thermometer was already reading 22 degrees when I got up at 7.30 and it was markedly warmer by the time runners started to assemble just before 9.

“Take it easy” and “keep hydrated” were the messages of the day, and judging by the numerous water bottles stashed in any shady places that could be found, most people were taking the advice to heart. As we ran around the course, you could almost hear the sighs of relief as people hit the various shady parts of the course, especially after the desert-like state of the back field! Thankfully the Sutton family marshals on the back field were cheering us on from their shady spot under the trees by the pavilion with some energising music and constant clapping, that could be heard around the whole field, since there were no footballers to drown them out. A much needed boost for us all.

After finally crossing the finish line, most people found it was good to sit and gather under the shade of the trees by the finish funnel to enjoy the shade and some rehydration/chat time, while the brave volunteers continued to stand out in the sunshine until the tail walker had been cheered across the finish line.

It seems that the heat didn’t bother some people though, with 22 of you achieving PBs, a remarkable feat in those temperatures, so well done everyone!

A few official and unofficial milestones were also hit this week, with Jake Pirouet achieving his junior 10 milestone, Bob Brookes with 50 runs, and Matthew Sargent with an unofficial but still significant 150 - well done!

We also welcomed 28 first timers, as well as tourists from various other locations.

As always, thanks to all the volunteers that allow the event to run as smoothly as it does. Please consider whether you can volunteer to help keep the event running. None of the roles are too tricky, and some can be done as well as running (like run report writer!) so please get in touch via woodleyoffice@parkrun.com if you’d like to help out one week.

Now for the stats:

This week 290 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Rhona Louise SOUTHERTON • Chris SUTTON • Joanne KENT • Helen M DIXON • Amanda HALL • Javier PEREZ-AMOROS • Phil MACKENZIE • Timothy Moger CLARK • Lucy SUTTON • Sarah HILLING • Stan PATTENDEN • Peter KEEN • Adam MAHONEY • Julia MAHONEY • Erica FAIRHURST • Spike FAIRHURST • Jessica DOLAN • Ian MCGUINNESS • Martyn ALLEN • Emma HAILE • Claire SOUTHERTON • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).

The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,545 participants have completed 75,494 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,470 km, including 13,149 new Personal Bests.

 

Event # 305: There are no words ……

Event # 305 7th July 2018
Pictures by: Kevin Lewington
Published by: Jo Greenwood

It was an amazing weekend of sport under blazing hot skies - and although 296 of you duly turned up for your parkrun fix, there is no official run report to celebrate this one.
However a picture tells a thousand words so here are a selection of Kevin's pictures to tell the story of Event # 305 in glorious technicolour.

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The stats:

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • John Paul YOUNG • Joanna GREENWOOD • Andy LORING • Samantha WHALLEY • Javier PEREZ-AMOROS • Vicki KENT • Andy BARLOW • Kevin LEWINGTON • Stephen WILKS • Suzanne BATE • Oliver BATE • Gerry LEONIDAS • Ian MCGUINNESS • Graham YOUNGS • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE • Sandra BINGHAM

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,517 participants have completed 75,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,020 km, including 13,127 new Personal Bests.

 

Event no 304 : Phew what a scorcher!

Run report event # 304 - Phew! What a scorcher!
Words by: Rob Widdis
Pictures by: Kevin Lewington
Published by: Jo Greenwood

The opening remark of this week's run report has to be "phew, what a scorcher". The grass of Woodford Park, once a rich emerald green, is now acolour similar to straw. The merciless Berkshire Sun beat down. I considered running without my top on, but thankfully remembered that nobody wants to see what lies beneath, this is a family event after all.

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I was asked, on my return home from parkrunning, if I'd finally achieved that elusive PB - I've not had one since 1987 - but I wasn't able to announce any good news, not for me personally anyway. It's too hot at the moment, so I've just got wait for that two week window of opportunity before it gets too cold / wet / foggy / other excuse and then take my chance. The idea of course that I might now be too old / unfit / other has to be discounted.

Nevertheless, 67 runners achieved PBs, and there were a few near misses too, so clearly there are plenty of people out there making best use of the conditions, well done to you. We also had 44 First Timers, including visitors from Birmingham, Slough, Reading, and Bracknell, welcome to you all and hope to see you all again soon.
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It was quite congested this week, which seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that we have to be mindful of other park users - we have to watch out for people walking to the shops, walking dogs, and we have to watch out for each other. A three lap course is bound to have many instances of people lapping / being lapped, the protocol is at all times to keep left to allow the faster runners to pass, who then pass when it's safe to do so.
Whilst we might all covet that elusive PB, we need to refrain from bumping other runners out of way - our event only survives if we continue to uphold the value that parkrun is an event for everyone, and we can all run, jog or walk around at our own pace, fast or slow, without impacting on anyone else.

I'd also like to do a shout-out for those organising our event - give them a hand and try volunteering at some point over the summer. It keeps the event running, it means that we're not reliant on the same people volunteering each week, and it's proven to be good for your mental well-being. The only downside is that at the moment you might get tan lines from wearing your fabulous high-viz jacket!
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Here's the stats.....
This week 384 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • Nicola CHADWICK • Joanna GREENWOOD • Joanne KENT • Andy BEST • Sara Jane BEST • Naomi HARRIS • Matt TYE • Amanda TIPLADY • Rob WIDDIS • Andy BARLOW • Lesley QUINN • Kevin LEWINGTON • Debbie KING • Tina SAUNDERS • Martyn ALLEN • Kevin MCDANIEL • Caitlin EVERTON • Vivienne EVERTON • Patricia BROWN • Stewart MACLEOD • Ellie WALTON • Victoria WALTON • Joshua WALTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,505 participants have completed 74,908 parkruns covering a total distance of 374,540 km, including 13,096 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun event #303 – The Personal Best One

Run report by: Richard Mason
Photos by: Emily Mason and Richard Mason
Published by: Emily Mason

Saturday morning started cool and dry but soon turned into a glorious summer’s day, pleasing all but those hoping for a bit less warmth while participating in their favourite weekend pastime.

Altogether a magnificent 370 people (and a couple of furry friends) took part, with an amazing 82 Personal Bests. Many congratulations if you were one of these people - unfortunately, there was no PB for me today although I seem to be heading back in the right direction.

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21 first timers joined us, 9 of whom were taking part in their very first parkrun, with the remainder visiting from as far afield as Bedfont Lakes, Coventry, Finsbury, Forest of Dean and San Francisco, as well as some more local haunts of Bracknell, Didcot and Reading. I delivered the first timers briefing, explaining how Woodley parkrun works to an eager and attentive crowd.

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Congratulations to Graham Boyce and Keith Jefferies who celebrated their 100th parkruns, Toni Raymond and Spike Fairhurst their 50th and Alfie Smith his 10th parkrun as a junior. Sue Hamblin and Ryan Brookling also celebrated their unofficial 150 milestone runs – only another 100 runs to the next t-shirt…

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Unfortunately, 9 parkrunners weren’t allocated a time as they didn’t bring their barcodes with them - including our first finisher – don’t forget to print yours before leaving home next Saturday so you get credit for your run. #DFYB.

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I didn’t get any photos of our Unknown first finisher or Caroline Hoskins as first lady home as I was otherwise engaged trying in vain to chase them down, but here are some other finishers showing commitment to their final step.

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If you feel like volunteering in the same way as today’s Run Director Andy Loring and his 24 hi-vis heroes did this week, please e-mail woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com. There are many roles to choose from so there is something to suit everyone and training is provided. You could be writing next week’s run report…

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See you next week!

Richard

And now for those stats:

This week 370 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Alex S HARRIS • David SAYER • Neil FENWICK • Annette RUSSELL • Andy LORING • Richard MASON • Naomi HARRIS • Matt TYE • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Phil MACKENZIE • Mike DIMMICK • Kate PATTENDEN • Katie PERKINS • Nicki GODBOLD • Lee DAVIES • William STRIDE • Andrew OLIVER • Jane DISNEY • Oliver HURST • Sarah BATE • James RENNIE • Harsh DESAI • Chris WOOLNOUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,463 participants have completed 74,524 parkruns covering a total distance of 372,620 km, including 13,029 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun #302 – 16th June 2018

Report By: Helen Rees
Photos By: Louis Morley & Simon Arthur
Published By: Emily Mason

I grew up in Woodley in the 1970s and 80s, but moved away to Southampton to study at University before settling down there for good. What a lovely welcome to come back here for my first Woodley parkrun – and how crazy it’s taken me nearly 2 years of parkrunning before managing to run at the Woodley event, despite my parents and sister still living here.

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Woodford Park has very fond childhood memories for me, from tobogganing down the big hill when it snowed, to feeding the ducks in the lake, and going to Guides in the Guide Hut which used to stand behind the Memorial Hall (but is no longer there), practising pitching our tents out on the field, prior to summer camps. To run parkrun round Woodford Park now, for my 60th parkrun, is an extra special memory to add to those.

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We gathered at the skate park (first time for everything… as a 40-something mum of 2 teenagers, I’m not usually found hanging around the cool places…) on a beautifully dry sunny morning, with a light breeze – perfect running conditions. Like a good parkrun tourist, I attended the first-timers briefing, which was brilliantly and wittily delivered by the team, making all the parkrun tourists and new parkrunners alike feel very welcome and at ease. We were then briefed by Run Director Sam, who took a moment to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the NHS, which had been a feature of many parkruns last week (although Woodley had not taken place due to other events in the park). There were several NHS staff among the field of runners, and it was lovely to be able to thank them in a parkrun-appropriate way with a hearty cheer and round of applause for all that they do for us.

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To the start line then, and we set off along the perimeter of the park, for the first of three laps – including the path around the familiar lake (still just as I remembered it). Most of the run takes place on footpaths, with some grass and some paved sections – watching out for the tree routes along the back section (that must be fun in autumn and winter!). Lots of fellow park users to say hello to, and a few lesser spotted photographers in strategic locations around the course (they seem to pop up at many parkruns!). As I often find, there were many supportive conversations to be overheard among the friendly field of runners, with parents encouraging their children to keep going, friends offering each other words of positivity up the little hill stretch by the lake, much cheering along the finish straight, and – possibly one of the best nuggets of parkrun gold I’ve heard in a long time – this between two running buddies: “You know, they say if your boobs stick out further than your stomach, you’re not overweight”. That did make me smile!

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That’s what I love about parkrun – the inclusivity, diversity, positivity and ‘have-a-go’ spirit, the camaraderie and friendship that parkrun represents. Woodley, you did not disappoint – it was a wonderful experience - and I’m not just saying that because I got my second fastest ever time (and only my second sub-30 minute parkrun).

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Big thanks to all the Woodley parkrun volunteer team, including my 14 year old son (who’s happy to barcode scan sometimes when we take on a tourist parkrun, and it was lovely to see him getting involved here, in my childhood environment). Sam and the team made us feel very welcome as tourists and volunteers. (If you haven’t yet volunteered, I highly recommend it – it’s ever so easy, you are well looked after and it gives you a great sense of contribution and belonging).

So thank you Woodley, we will definitely be back again soon!

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and now for the stats...

This week 395 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Dean ALLAWAY • Neil FENWICK • Annette RUSSELL • Juliet FENWICK • Richard MASON • Samantha WHALLEY • Helen REES • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Louis MORLEY • Phil MACKENZIE • Lynda HASKINS • Lesley QUINN • Katie PERKINS • Nicki GODBOLD • Lisa RAMSEY • Martin BROOME • Simon ARTHUR • Ian MCGUINNESS • Martyn ALLEN • Daniel REES • Jane DISNEY • Peter GLASS • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE • Chris WOOLNOUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,442 participants have completed 74,154 parkruns covering a total distance of 370,770 km, including 12,947 new Personal Bests.

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